MIT Waitlist

<p>How many people are usually taken from the waitlist each year?</p>

<p>I believe 17 were taken last year, one of them being a good friend of mine. It helps if you make a really cool video or sing a song or something.</p>

<p>There isn’t really a “usual” here. I think in my time, I’ve seen as high as 40 and as low as 0.</p>

<p>The best thing for you to do at this point is to (1) get excited about your current options, pick somewhere, and look forward to going there!, and (2) send updates to MIT if any new awards and whatnot come up, assuming you plan to stay on the waitlist.</p>

<p>Whether or not they accept people off the waitlist depends on how many people decide to come, which is just hard to predict. Go do the cool things you love to do (I know there are some – you were able to make the waitlist, after all) and keep your mind off what you can’t control :)</p>

<p>It is impossible to predict how many students will get in off of the waitlist. Two years ago MIT took 65 from the waitlist, the year before that, MIT took 78 from the waitlist, the year before that 35, the year before that 20, the year before that 0. Though one year in the past decade MIT took more than 100. Over the past few years the “waitlist admit rate has ranged from 0% to 18 %. MIT really does not know. </p>

<p>Of course it is helpful to look at the realities here. Suppose that MIT took a completely theoretical 50 students off the waitlist. While that would be an admit rate of some 5% of the waitlist (and that is typical, I haven’t seen the size of this year’s waitlist yet), by definition, every student on the waitlist is good enough to get into MIT. This is a ridiculously competitive pool. So the reality is that most students on the wait list will not receive offers of admission. Students on the waitlist are not normally invited to CPW, nor can they participate in the overnight program.</p>

<p>You can find this, and many others helpful stats, here:
[Admissions</a> Statistics | MIT Admissions](<a href=“]Admissions”>Admissions statistics | MIT Admissions)</p>